Sunday, November 26, 2006

Snowy Day

We awoke to snow in Bellingham this morning. There were a couple of inches on the ground when we got up, and by evening we were up to 13+ inches. I'm so glad our family gathering for Thanksgiving concluded last night & that everybody got home safe & sound, before the storm started. We had a wonderful time together.

Today was a perfect day to stay home & be cozy. I pulled out some knitting, and Angus was determined to help. I worked on Doug's socks (hand-dyed sock yarn from Knitpicks) and brushed up on my crochet techniques to make a little hat for Our LYS, Northwest Handspun Yarns in Bellingham, will be sending a batch of hats off next month.

We are warm & safe, and have plenty of turkey leftovers to nibble. We have electricity, phone & internet this time so are quite comfortable.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

A Couple of FO's

I finished knitting a pair of socks this morning. I started these on our anniversary trip in September. Wish I could remember the brand of yarn, but it has escaped me. It's a superwash wool/nylon self-striping yarn & I love the colors.

I've also been working on some new placemats, with the assistance of the furries at our house. This is the first placemat, which I cut off the loom, hemmed and ran through the washer to check for shrinkage. For those of you who weave, they're 8/4 100% cotton carpet warp set at 20 ends per inch, 19" wide in the reed, with fabric strips for weft, cut at 1 1/2" & ironed in half. I wove the placemats 18 1/2" not including selvages, & thought with shrinkage they'd end up at 14", but they're a bit larger than that. For the remaining warp, I'll be weaving them about 1 1/2" shorter.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Warping Back to Front with a Raddle, and Furries

Well, folks, it's been a long time again. Sorry 'bout that. I took the most wonderful weaving workshop taught by Jane Stafford, from Salt Spring Island. This is my third workshop with her, and I have to say that she is the most wonderful weaving teacher a person could want. It was my turn to show up with warping errors on my loom. It's been hectic around here, to say the least, and if I had *bothered* to try to weave a few shots, well, I'd have fixed the errors myself. But no. . . didn't get around to it. Jane, I do think, is a magician. She seems to be able to sort out any and all weaving mishaps in no time, and then we all learn better ways of addressing them. So at least I can say that I provided the group with a valuable learning experience.

At home, I decided that I need to weave new placemats. I'm working with 8/4 cotton rug warp which I haven't used since my very beginning class. I don't remember it stretching this much. I'm warping back-to-front, and although the back of the loom, where I'm winding the warp on, looks pretty much orderly, the front, where I'm sorting out tangles, looks like the loom threw up spaghetti. Again, I'm using Jane's techniques to sort out the mess & I'm nearly ready to thread heddles now. We were up til nearly 2 a.m. working on it. (My clock in the loft must be set for a different time zone. . .I had no idea it was getting so late.)

My other little project as of late has been sorting the fiber stash. Which prompted me to heave most of the white Border Leicester lamb & yearling fiber into the dyepot. I plan to take much of it to Ferndale Fibers for carding. Kathy Green does a wonderful job of carding and I hope that the colors will blend together to make a happy roving. (Angus was helping. Getting big, isn't he?)

Our Miss Moof is still with us, enjoying the fall. She has a heart condition, and we don't know how long she'll have left, but we're happy she's still here, happy and comfortable.